The Caixin/Markit PMI revealed a slight drop on China's manufacturing sector for November, with a 50.9 index compared to October's 51.2.
Manufactor still remains as one of the strongest sector remained.
The world's second largest economy showed positive signs as resurgent sales in the real estate sector boosted growth during March. However, China recorded drop in exports and freight segments.
The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) announced on Thursday that service sectors in U.S. is expanding modestly. However, the sectors fared better than manufacturing in February 2016.
German industrial production went down 1.1 percent month-on-month for the third quarter. According to Bloomberg Business, Berlin Economy Ministry reported the decline Friday, while economists expected a 0.5 percent increase. Germany has been struggling with the Chinese economic slowdown. The country is also grappling with the economic slowdown in other emerging countries where it exports most of its products.
Japan's Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) has reached it's strongest in a year, with a seasonally adjusted reading of 52.4 for the month of October, as conducted by a business survey from Nikkei last Monday.
Indicating the prolonged sluggishness in the economy, China's factory activity dropped further again in October. However, the marginal recovery in export orders has slowed down the drop in the manufacturing production. The PMI edged up in the previous month.
UK's performance in the third quarter further slowed down. The gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate in July-September quarter was at 0.6 percent lower than 0.7 percent in the previous quarter.
The Chinese manufacturing sector registered its worst performance in the past 78 months. The measure of sentiment among purchasing managers, Preliminary Caixin China manufacturing index (PMI) dropped to 47 in September from 47.3 in August.
The debt-ridden Island Puerto Rico has opted for value-added tax (VAT) as a measure to enhance revenues for the government. The new VAT structure will come into force starting1 April 2016.
Japanese automobile major Mitsubishi Motors Corp has begun the process of closing down operations in the US. Mitsubishi had put on its sole US manufacturing unit on the block, but couldn't find a suitable buyer and decided to close the shop.
The growth rate of China's economy for 2014 has revised marginally lower to 7.3 percent from previous forecast of 7.4 percent. The drop in services sector weighed more on gross domestic product (GDP). According to the latest data from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the GDP stood at 63.6 trillion Yuan ($10 trillion) in 2013 and this was 32.4 percent lower than earlier projection. The latest data casts shadow over the Chinese government's target of seven percent for 2015.
Several measures gauging the manufacturing industry activity are showing discouraging results. The latest manufacturing gauging index slipped below 50, which indicates the deceleration in the manufacturing industry, falling to 49.7 in August.
A steep plunge in both new orders and shipments sent manufacturing activity in New York state tumbling down to its lowest level since 2009. This was the revelation showed by a survey conducted by the New York Federal Reserve.
A black Monday for Greece's stock market. Its benchmark Athens Stock Exchange Index ended the day 16% lower after it re-opened for the first time in five weeks.